Monday, June 30, 2008

Organic Baby Resource Launches

", an informational website, provides parents with practical organic baby care tips. Hormone disrupting Bisphenol-A in baby bottles, toxic chemicals in sunscreen and baby lotions, lead in toys... If you're a parent, you may be wondering when the bad news will end. This is why Organic Baby Resource, an informational website, was launched. The site's mission is to empower parents with the information they need to find healthier alternatives to conventional baby products.

Organic Baby Resource highlights the benefits of choosing organic baby products such as food, skin care, clothing, bedding, diapering and toys. Recognizing that purchasing organic products in each of these areas may be overwhelming, the website's publisher helps new moms and dads go organic at a pace that is practical for them.

"As a new mom I wanted to know more about products that didn't have harmful chemicals in them. During my search I discovered that you can cut out a lot of the chemicals and make organic choices on any budget ," said Erika Jones, the site's founder.

Jones' goal in creating the website is to help parents make sense of the marketing buzz surrounding terms like "organic" and "natural." With organics making up the fastest growing sector of the food and clothing industries, determining which manufacturers are truly selling safe products can be tricky."

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Organic Clothing Can Be Affordable

"New York, NY (PRWEB) June 30, 2008 -- Today, many products including food, clothing, and furniture, are made in a sustainable and organic way. However, not all of these products are accessible and affordable to the average American. Prohibitively priced and largely limited to exclusive boutiques, organic products have been stereotyped as luxuries.

"For everyone to participate in promoting a healthy environment, it is imperative to break down these barriers and perceptions by making organic products and clothing accessible and affordable to the masses," said Cherie Ingraham, founder of My Earth Too!, a new line of 100% organic clothing and accessories.

My Earth Too! and its family of brands - We the Earth and Earth and Me! -- which produces an affordable organic clothing and product line, intends to continue making such products available to the masses by partnering with national retailers who understand the average American's needs.
Despite, or perhaps because of, the newness of the trend, opportunities are wide open for manufacturers and retailers to go organic in practically any way they wish--and be assured of a captive and growing audience."

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Organic Group Says Small Farms Are Best

"MODENA, Italy (Reuters) - Small-scale, not industrial farming, is the answer to food shortages and climate change, organic farmers argued this week.

Meeting at the Organic World Congress this week, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM -- -- criticized a recent U.N. food summit for touting chemical fertilizers and genetically modified (GM) crops rather than organic solutions to tackle world hunger.

The World Bank says an extra 100 million people worldwide could go hungry as a result of the sharp rise in the price of food staples in the last year.

At the U.N. food summit in Rome this month, the World Bank pledged $1.2 billion in grants to help with the food crisis."

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Organic Fertilizer All the Rage in Canada

"Organic fertilizers are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They can provide plants with a long, slow feed, and their manufacture reuses waste products while putting less demand on natural resources.

Many gardeners, though, make the mistake of approaching the use of organic fertilizers in the same way as they might use a chemical fertilizer.

For instance, the other day a gardening expert on the radio was touting the benefits of guano, or bat droppings. He was right about guano being rich in nutrients. It has almost 20 per cent nitrogen in a form that can be taken up quickly by plants. And guano surely is natural: It's merely scooped out of caves where bats hang out, then bagged up for sale.

The problem is that guano is not much different in its effects on plants and soil from any quick-acting, chemical fertilizer. The same could be said for blood meal, poultry manure and other concentrated, quick-acting -- albeit organic -- fertilizers.

The thing missing from all chemical fertilizers and from concentrated organic fertilizers is bulky organic matter. Yes, plants benefit from bulk in their diet, just as we do."

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Organic Nursery Spreading Their Green Word

"NORTHAMPTON, England (Business Wire EON) June 27, 2008 -- Focusing on their own experience as leaders in the 'Green Children's Day Nursery Movement', they presented an intimate look into the workings of an organic day nursery, Hedgehog Hill Organic Nursery School; and a nature nursery, Little Dragons (currently undergoing training with the Forest School Training Company Limited) – both located in Northamptonshire.

Pamela and Eileen focused on how any nursery could improve its carbon footprint and encourage economic growth within its own community; as well as safeguard children's health by reducing their exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and toxins at an early age."

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Developing Green Hotels

"Developers broke ground on the silver-skinned, 65-story tower planned for 50 West Street in Lower Manhattan.

On June 23, New York-based developer Time Equities Inc. marked the occasion with, appropriately enough, an organic breakfast from the local bakery Financier.

Not only was the breakfast-cum-groundbreaking religiously eco-friendly, but it was also religious.

According to the release, "Vicar Anne Mallonee, The Reverand Mark Bozzuti-Jones and Rabbi Schmaya Katz blessed the site and spoke of hospitality, unity and sustainability as they welcomed their new neighbor."

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Whole Foods and Wal-Mart Say They Aren't Green

"Put a Wal-Mart guy and a Whole Foods guy on the same stage to talk sustainability at a conference in Boulder, and what happens? Interesting things.

Fresh from their morning yoga and organic luncheon, a not particularly friendly audience of execs and marketers heard Wal-Mart senior director of corporate responsibility Rand Waddoups say: “Wal-Mart is not a green company.”

Countered Michael Besancon, southwest regional president for Whole Foods Market: “If Wal-Mart is not a green company, then Whole Foods is not a green company. We do a lot of green things, and we have green intentions, but we don’t believe that we are, and we try not to say that we are.”

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Lucini Italia Introduces Organic Parmigiano Reggiano

"MIAMI, Fla., June 25, 2008 – Super premium brand Lucini Italia™ is turning its discerning eye to the crown jewel of Italian cheese: Parmigiano Reggiano. After winning critical acclaim for its professional quality olive oil and other gourmet products, the company is introducing the first certified organic, individually boxed Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano for the American market this fall.

Handcrafted in small batches in Parma , Italy , Lucini® Organic Parmigiano Reggiano is a Stravecchio cheese which means it has been carefully aged for at least 36 months. The result is an ideal crystallized texture, a delicate salty flavor, and pleasant hints of hazelnut and almond.

“Home cooks and professional chefs looking for fresh, gourmet foods are now demanding that they be organic as well,” said David Neuman, Lucini Italia president. “We have always brought our customers the best of Italy , from exceptional ingredients to the most authentic recipes, and the newest addition to our Lucini Organic line, the Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano, unveils refined flavors while bringing the health and safety benefits of organic certification.”

Recommended by Dr. Andrew Weil for both taste and health, Lucini Organic Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano is handmade in limited quantities with three simple ingredients: organic milk, GMO-free rennet and salt. Artisan cheese makers craft just six wheels of cheese per day. Only half meet the high standards required to carry the Lucini Italia name.

Pieces are hand-cut in Italy by artisan cheese makers then immediately vacuum-sealed on site to ensure the freshest, best tasting cheese possible. Unique to the American market, each carefully packaged wedge of Lucini Organic Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano is placed inside a beautifully designed paper box reflecting the Lucini Italia brand and providing the convenience of nutrition information and the guarantee of European D.O.P. designation.

Like French Champagne, Italian Parmigiano Reggiano carries the “Denominazione di Origine Protetta” (D.O.P.) designation which requires that the variety be produced only in specific regions of Italy including areas of Bologna , Mantua , Modena and Parma . For American consumers in search of true Italian flavor, the D.O.P. label is a guarantee of origin as well as a testament to the traditional Parmigiano Reggiano process perfected by artisan Italian cheese makers over centuries.

“With the recent European Union ruling mandating that D.O.P. cheese carrying the Parmigiano Reggiano name must be produced only in specified regions of Italy, consumers can be assured that our D.O.P. Lucini Organic Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano is the real deal,” said Neuman.

Available in premium grocery stores and specialty food markets nationwide this fall, the new Lucini Organic Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano will retail for the suggested price of $25 per piece. While hand cutting the cheese wheels naturally produces irregularities in the shape of individual wedges, every box of Lucini® Parmigiano Reggiano is guaranteed to contain at least 8 oz of cheese."

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Consumers in Beijing Buying More Organic

"Organic food has long been associated with the Western middle classes. But the trend is catching on in China, popularised by Beijing's efforts to host a "Green Olympics" this summer. Sales of organic food are rising, with retailers recording as much as a 50% increase compared to 2007. Dozens of outlets in Beijing now offer organic fare, which is free from pesticides, chemicals and genetically modified substances.

The selection of beautifully presented goods include anything from grapes to carefully peeled onions, wrapped in cellophane. The manager at the Huapu Hypermarket in central Beijing says that the rise in organic food consumption shows how the Olympics is promoting green awareness.

Liu Wenli is not only banging the "Green Olympic" drum in his supermarket, but he will also be carrying the Olympic flame when it comes to the Chinese capital. "We are going to host the 29th Olympic Games in China, and the slogan is that it's a people's Olympics, a technological Olympics, and a importantly a 'Green Olympics'. And so we're hoping to attract everyone's attention," Liu said."

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Organic Farming Bill Reaches PA House

"This bill would be a major step forward on achieving two objectives -- making farming more profitable and improving the environment," he said.

On Tuesday, the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved Kessler's bipartisan legislation (H.B. 2347) that would provide temporary financial aid to farmers who want to convert to organic agriculture.

Participation would be entirely voluntary.

"This would help to preserve farmland. Organic food is the fastest-growing sector of the food industry and provides a net return to farmers much higher than for conventionally raised farm products," Kessler said.

"In addition, all Pennsylvanians would benefit from being able to buy food produced close to home -- local food requires much less fuel to get to market than out-of-state or foreign products," Kessler added."

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Flooding Taking Toll on Organic Prices

"MILWAUKEE -- The recent flooding in southern Wisconsin means consumers could see fewer organic fruits and vegetables at farmers markets this summer, driving up grocery store prices this fall.

An executive at Organic Valley in La Farge said a large portion of the organic corn and grain farmers use to feed their livestock was destroyed by flooding. It's too late in the season to replant, said Eric Newman.

Newman said that means feed is likely to be in shorter supply and more expensive in the fall, when farmers in cold states such as Wisconsin stop grazing their animals."

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The All Star Bag for Kids

"PRLog (Press Release) – Jun 24, 2008 – This latest addition to the Hero Bags product line is the perfect fit for today’s eco-conscious and healthy-living parent. The “All Star” is a unique product filling a huge void in the organic living marketplace.

The “All Star” is manufactured using certified organic cotton grown in the USA and manufactured in a fair labor factory here in the USA. The “All Star” provides an organic lead-safe and healthy alternative to PVC and vinyl lunch bags.

The All Star organic lunch bag is designed by Hero Bag founder and designer, Susanne Maddux who is also a health-minded eco-conscious Mom. Some of the distinctive features include a whimsical and functional custom nametag so bags won’t be mixed up at school. The bag is also designed with a zipper top, flat bottom, short handles and, of course, awesome super-star graphics in orange and green. The Hero Bag All Star organic lunch bag is designed larger than needed so that messy lunch bags may be repeatedly machine washed and the organic cotton will shrink to size on first washing."

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Braswell's Introduces Special Teas

"NEW YORK – June 30, 2008 – Braswell Food Company, the country's leading producer of specialty and gourmet condiments, today introduced Braswell's Select Special Teas at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York (visit Braswell's at booth # 875 ). Made with all natural and/or organic ingredients and packaged in beautiful, reusable European glassware, Braswell's ready-to-drink Special Teas will soon be available in 11 FL OZ glasses for $2.99 at specialty retailers.

Braswell's Special Teas are handcrafted in small batches using triple-filtered water and all natural and/or organic ingredients and flavors."

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Consumers Fight Organic Fraud

"The organic marketplace is sprouting litigation over fake organic and natural products -- some of them harmful -- that are being sold to unwitting consumers.

In Missouri, several class actions have been consolidated into one suit against the Aurora Organic Dairy Corp., which is accused of selling bogus organic milk that does not meet federal organic standards. The lawsuit also names several retailers that sold the milk. In Re Aurora Dairy Corp. Organic Milk, No. 4:08MD01907 (E.D. Mo.).

In California, the state attorney general recently filed a lawsuit against five companies, including Whole Foods Market Inc., for allegedly selling natural body care and household cleaning products that tested high for a cancer-causing chemical, in violation of state law. California v. Avalon Natural Food Products, No. RG08389960 (Alameda Co., Calif., Super. Ct.).

Also in California, the company that makes Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps is suing 13 competitors for allegedly misusing the organic label on their products and falsely advertising themselves as organic manufacturers. The lawsuit claims the defendants sold and promoted soaps, lotions and other products that are made with conventionally grown crops or chemicals derived from petroleum. All One God Faith v. Ecocert, No. CGC-08-474413 (San Francisco Co., Calif., Super. Ct.)."

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Pesticides Threaten Indian Exports

"NEW DELHI: India’s organic farmers are facing ban from several countries following pesticide residues found in precuts sent from India.

According to the rules, organic products should not have any presence of pesticides and they fetch premium rates because of this quality.

In a recent incident, a consignment of rice sent to Finland from India was returned following detection of pesticide elements.

According o the Union commerce ministry notification, the test results of Finnish customs laboratory showed that the export consignment of organic long grain aromatic rice from a private exporter in Haryana to Helsinki contained pesticide residues, particularly inorganic bromide 23 mg/kg indicating the possible fumigation with methyl bromide."

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Turtle Mountain to Launch Coconut Milk Yogurt

"Eugene, OR ~ This is a tale of two food scientists. One was developing a new soy yogurt and the other a new coconut milk ice cream. Together, almost by accident, they created something completely new: coconut milk yogurt. Their creation, So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt, is being launched this summer by Turtle Mountain, makers of America’s most popular dairy free ice creams and frozen desserts.

The new yogurt is made by adding beneficial bacteria cultures to organic coconut milk. Six live and active cultures turn the naturally sweet coconut milk into a thick and creamy yogurt. The two scientists, Ken Viscidi and Dolly Mok, were working on their separate products when they decided to mix things up by adding the yogurt culture to the coconut milk. The results surprised and excited them and they knew immediately they had created something special. “Even after the first try it tasted great. We knew we were on to something,” says Ken.

The new yogurt is 100% soy and dairy free and fortified to be an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and vitamin B12, an essential vitamin many vegetarians have trouble getting enough of. Since it’s made with coconut milk, the yogurt contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) such as lauric acid which are known to boost the immune system and thyroid function.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt is available in six flavors: Plain, Blueberry, Raspberry, Vanilla, Strawberry Banana and Passionate Mango. The suggested retail price is $1.89 for a 6-ounce container and it will be available at Whole Foods Markets and other select grocery stores nationwide in early July."

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This is very exciting. I've always been a yogurt lover, but since going vegan, I've only had the occasional soy yogurt. Turtle Mountain coconut milk ice cream is amazing too.

Duchy Originals Coming to America and India

"IN the tranquil surroundings of Home Farm in Gloucestershire, Andrew Baker maps out the future of Duchy Originals and Britain’s organic-food industry.

The new chief executive of the Prince of Wales’s agricultural business is in upbeat mood. He has recently announced plans to launch Duchy Originals in America and India as part of a five-year plan to quadruple annual turnover from £50m to £200m.

Prince Charles launched the company in 1990 to provide natural, high-quality organic farm products in a way that empha-sises sustainable production, natural ingredients and traditional skills. Among its products are free-range meat and poultry, real ale, biscuits and preserves.

Baker, 49, took the top job at Duchy last September, having worked at Cadbury’s as managing director for Africa, the Middle East and Turkey."

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Planning An Eco-Friendly Honeymoon

"STAYING in a treehouse in Africa, an igloo in Switzerland or a hut in the Amazon may not sound like the perfect honeymoon to everyone, yet these days many newlywed couples are choosing a bed draped with mosquito netting over one dotted with rose petals, shunning the more traditional romantic resorts for retreats that are environmentally friendly.

“The green honeymoon is a new consumer-driven trend,” said Emily Elizabeth Anderson, author of “Eco-Chic Weddings,” as well as a blog of the same name, “Couples spend a lot of money in a very short amount of time on their honeymoons. Now many of them are really trying to make responsible choices as they begin their lives together,” she said."

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Target Introduces Organic Multicultural Skin Care Products

"Target yesterday introduced a new line of certified natural and organic skin care products developed exclusively for multicultural skin types.

Called SheaMoisture, the line was developed in partnership with Sundial Brands, a privately owned African American skin care company. It features a selection of bath, body, and skin care products developed to address diverse skin care needs -- from dry and sensitive to normal.

"SheaMoisture is more than a new line of body and beauty items," said Greg Cunningham, Target's director of multicultural marketing. "All of our SheaMoisture products utilize high concentrations of pure Shea butter, which is one of the most effective natural skin conditioners and moisturizers. This is an exceptional personal care solution for our guests with dry and special skin care needs."

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All-You-Can-Eat Hairspray from Aveda?

"Years ago, Saturday Night Live ran a fake ad for a product called Shimmer that was both a floor wax and a dessert topping. Now Horst Rechelbacher, the man who founded and sold the Aveda brand, is introducing a hairspray that you can eat.

To underscore the point at a New York event promoting the line, called Intelligent Nutrients, Rechelbacher made a toast and then took a swig out of a drink mixed with one of his newly formulated hairsprays.

The line isn't meant to be consumed that way, per se, but Rechelbacher was trying to make a point. In a health and beauty market where product ingredients are dominated by petrochemicals and synthetics, IN is positioning itself as a "reinvention of beauty with the creation of 100% safe and nontoxic plant-based ingredients."

IN president Melissa Christenson said the line stands apart from other would-be green cosmetics: "Greenwashing has become an epidemic. Our commitment is not only to tell the truth, but to educate consumers and the industry alike about organics, as well as the risks associated with many harmful ingredients commonly used in beauty products. We have raised the bar to ensure safety, industry organic certification, and authenticity."

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Reducing Your Dog's Carbon Paw Print

"NEW YORK: Enlightened animal lovers across the United States can now pamper beloved pets without adding to global warming or creating an outsized carbon paw print.

Answers for the ecologically-aware pet owner were on offer at the "Going Green With Pets" conference at Manhattan's tony Metropolitan Dog Club, with pointers on everything from whipping up biodegradable cat litter to choosing the best organic shampoo for one's Lhasa Apso.

"This is a doggy salon," said Charlotte Reed, the store's proprietor, as well as the doting owner of a small menagerie that includes three toy spaniels, three Himalayan cats and two birds."

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Friday, June 20, 2008

How Vegan Organic Farming Works

"ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The tradition of farming the land in northern New Mexico's Espanola Valley had been passed down from Don Bustos' Spanish ancestors who tilled the same soil centuries before.

But when Bustos realized the traditional farming techniques he was using could harm his children's health, he went organic 15 years ago. Now, Bustos said he has found an even safer method — vegan organic farming without any animal fertilizers or byproducts.

Much like certified organic farmers, veganic farmers use no synthetic chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified ingredients. Veganic farmers take it to another level by not using any manures or slaughterhouse byproducts. They don't even use organically approved pesticides."

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Are There Hormones in Your Air Freshener?

"Three environmental and health groups have sued the federal government in an attempt to force it to label air fresheners that use a potentially harmful substance.

Phthalates, which in laboratory animal tests damage the reproductive system and interrupt normal development by mimicking the body's hormones, were found in more than a dozen common household air fresheners that the Natural Resources Defense Council tested. The risk from low-dose exposure via air freshener isn't known. People are also exposed to phthalates from a variety of other sources, primarily plastics. The Sierra Club and the Alliance for Healthy Homes have joined the lawsuit.

Phthalates were only one class of potentially harmful chemicals identified in the air fresheners. Others have been linked to cancer and asthma.As with exposure to any harmful substance, any risk is generally most acute for fetuses, babies and children whose organs are still developing."

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A Tale of Two Tomatoes

"It’s hard to beat the taste of warm, juicy, sun-kissed tomatoes plucked ripe from heavy, home-grown vines. Tomato-cravers who lack access to a plot of soil or who simply can’t wait for their local harvest have to rely on restaurant and supermarket supplies.

In the winter and early spring, commercially grown “fresh-market” tomatoes typically travel hundreds of miles from their roots in Florida and Mexico. Picked green, they ripen en route with an expected shelf life of two to four weeks.

Increasing year-round consumer demand places tomatoes fourth (and climbing) on the most popular fresh-market vegetable list. So it was with heavy hearts that we learned the food-safety fiasco du jour involves tomatoes and Salmonella."

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Testing Green Soaps

"Ah, dish duty. Who hasn't ignored it, dreaded it, rock-paper-scissored over it? But there comes a time in each eater's life when dishes must be done. Happily, today's generation of eco-detergents makes it a less-toxic task than in the past -- though not completely pure.

When I set out to test six "eco" dish soaps, I had little idea of the sudsy morass I was about to wade into. For the most part, green-cleaning companies have worked hard to eliminate scary stuff, including phosphates and ammonia, from their detergents -- and unlike mainstream companies, they're happy to provide a full ingredient list. But after I plucked six brands from the shelves, I discovered that the study released this spring by the Organic Consumers Association had found detectable levels of 1,4-dioxane -- a probable human carcinogen that's a byproduct of the manufacturing process -- in four of them: those made by Seventh Generation, Ecover, Method, and Earth Friendly Products. (The other two were not included in the test; I contacted Biokleen by phone and was told that they are running their own internal tests, and will issue a release should they find 1,4-dioxane in their products; Lotus Products, which owns LifeTree, did not return my call by press time.)"

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QAI Educating Consumers on Organic Products

"SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To help consumers better understand organic products, Quality Assurance International (QAI) today announced that a new organic fact sheet is available online at

The new fact sheet clarifies the definition of organic as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) and what the organic certification process entails. It also helps consumers understand what it means for a food product to be organic.

"When a product bears the USDA Organic and QAI seals, a consumer can be assured that the product meets the requirements set forth by the USDA National Organic Program," said Jackie Bowen, QAI General Manager. "A key part of our mission at QAI is education, and this new guide provides consumers with information that they can use to make informed decisions when purchasing organic products."

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Floods Affecting Organic Farming

"Organic Farmers, like others who work in the agriculture business, make their living in the soil; but when that soil is covered with flood water, organic farms have big problems. "It's already been a cold, late spring and with this damage on top of it we're definitely looking at significant economic damage to our crops," says Joe Pedretti, Farmer Outreach Manager for Organic Valley.

Organic Valley in La Farge is a cooperative with more than 500 organic farms in Wisconsin supporting it. For some of their farmers a big part of their business is harvesting and selling during the late spring and early summer. "The flood just brought in a lot of silt and buried plants, so the biggest problem right now is that is just buried a bunch of plants that we needed...right now," says Driftless Organics Co-Owner Noah Engel."

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Organic Surge in Foodservice

"(June 16, 4:53 p.m.) With food, fuel, labor and other costs on the rise, some operators are taking a second look at going organic.

That doesn’t mean consumer demand has diminished, however.

Interest from operators looking to open organic restaurants continues to grow steadily, said Kevin Moll, chief executive officer of National Restaurant Consultants Inc., Denver.

“I’m going to guess that because of the organic-driving market, we have maybe 25% to 30% of our clients are now opening or involved in organic restaurants,” he said. “That’s almost a 40% increase over our organic clients from last year.”

Whether or not that translates to more sales of organic produce to foodservice is unclear, said Lloyd Ligier, vice president of business development for Pro*Act, Monterey, Calif.

“Even though consumers may be demanding organics, operators are thinking ‘I need to weigh the cost differential before I jump into this,’” he said. “People are rethinking organics. That’s not to say they’re getting away from them.”

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Guayaki Yerba Mate Gains Distributors

"Sebastopol, CA – June 17, 2008) - Yerba mate has been one of the hottest drink trends in the natural products marketplace for the past couple of years, but now the invigorating drink from South America is also positioned to make a big splash in mainstream USA. Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products (, the pioneer and leading yerba mate brand in the U.S., is announcing several new partnerships with some of the most prestigious beverage distributors on both the East and West Coast.

The new distributors noted below, in southern California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona, provide Guayaki with a comprehensive network of distributors up and down the west coast and eastward to the Rocky Mountains. Guayaki’s award-winning line of Organic Yerba Mate Drinks is gaining shelf space fast at a wide variety of retail outlets including mainstream grocery chains in many of the most populated areas of the U.S. such as New York City and Los Angeles. Some of the larger grocery chains that currently sell or have authorized Guayaki’s drinks for this summer include: Albertsons; Vons; Kroger; Fry’s; Safeway; Shaw’s; Raley’s; Wegmans; Ukrop’s; HEB; United Supermarkets; and Meijer. It is also noteworthy that mainstream convenience stores are selling Guayaki, including hundreds of 7-Eleven stores."

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Can Organic Agriculture Combat Desertification?

"The 2008 theme of the Day is “Combating Land Degradation for Sustainable Agriculture” and because the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements representing over 700 members in more than 100 countries is convinced that Organic Agriculture can contribute significantly to mitigate and even reverse the negative impacts of unsustainable land use and to stem further desertification it joins the international community to mark 17 June World Day to Combat Desertification.

Desertification refers to land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities like conventional agriculture. Desertification is caused mainly by overcultivation, overgrazing, deforestation and poor irrigation practices, which result in organic matter loss, soil contamination, erosion, soil compaction and sealing, salinization and long-term loss of natural vegetation.

The international community has long recognized that desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. As early as 1977, the United Nations Conference on Desertification (UNCOD) adopted a Plan of Action to Combat Desertification (PACD). Unfortunately, despite this and other efforts, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) concluded in 1991 that the problem of land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas had intensified, although there were "local examples of success".

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Explorer's Bounty Premium Coffee Goes Organic

"MIAMI, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- As the world continues in its quest to be earth friendly, Explorer's Bounty announces that Nigel, the brave adventurer and his beloved companion, Mortimer have been successful in their journeys throughout the land to discover the finest premium organic coffees and dark chocolate. Relying on Mother Earth to reveal her natural bounty, the duo has discovered the richest coffee beans and the richest chocolate that is full of natural flavonol and contains no genetically modified organisms (GMSs).

Culled from some of the hardest-to-reach locations, Explorer's Bounty premium coffees are available in ground and whole bean varieties and are USDA certified organic. All varietals are single-origin which ensures their consistent profile and taste. Harkening days gone by, the company's artisan panned dark chocolate ingredients are organically grown using sustainable farming practices, the way they used to be. The company also employs fair trade practices by partnering with non-profit organizations throughout the world in an effort to promote a higher quality of life and sustain the earth's resources."

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Eco-Trendy Bags

"It's an everyday conundrum, a question we're all asked once, twice, maybe several times a week:

"Paper or plastic?"

How about, "Neither, I've got my own"?

Turns out what was once the token accouterment of a Birkenstock-

wearing few has become the latest fashion accessory.

"There's an enormous amount of trendiness around the reusable shopping bag phenomenon," said Vincent Cobb, CEO and founder of, a Web site dedicated to reducing overconsumption of plastic shopping bags. "It's one of those easy feel-good things. It's like, `I can't do those big things like buy a hybrid car, but I can do these sorts of little green things so I'm doing something positive and not wasting resources.' "

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Best Organic Shirts for Women

"With green shops and high street retailers alike cottoning on to the fact that we consumers want more organic clothes, there are now plenty of organic cotton outfits on the shop shelves to suit anyone's style and wallet size .

But why should we wear organic cotton t-shirts? Well, cotton is one of the most sprayed crops in the world and the pesticides kill more than 20,000 farmers every year, according to the Soil Association, while over a million more get ill just from working with it. Needless to say, all those pesticides are harmful to the environment, too. Certified organic cotton is non-GM as well.

So how do you ensure your t-shirt is made from organic cotton? As always, an organic certification like the Soil Association's, which both the People Tree and Seasalt Cornwall t-shirts carry, is the safest way to go.

There's also a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which the Organic Boutique t-shirt lives up to. GOTS is a collaboration between existing organic certifying bodies who have agreed on a set of standards for organic textiles -- from the way the cotton is grown to how the garment is manufactured."

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Aveda's Intelligent Nutrients Brand Debuts Under Organic Scrutiny

"Aveda founder unveils Intelligent Nutrients: Will green gals get it? Horst Rechelbacher, the Aveda founder who sold his company to Estee Lauder back in the 1990s, is introducing a high-end line of hair and body care products, positioning the Intelligent Nutrients brand on its USDA Certified Organic status.

The premise is unusual. Currently, while there are a handful of personal-care products that are also Certified Organic, there are no organic standards for cosmetics in the U.S. That's what makes it easy for marketers to get away with the greenwashing IN says is "epidemic" in the beauty industry. Instead of relying on cosmetic standards, IN is using ingredients that are certified organic using food standards."

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German Organic Market Doubles in Two Years

"16 June 2008 – Germany's organic food industry is flourishing despite soaring food costs, which rose by 8% over the last year in the country.

Organic food consumption in Germany doubled between 2001 and 2007, according to figures released by German research group ZMP."

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China Organic Agriculture to Capitalize On Wine

"LOS ANGELES and JILIN, China - (Business Wire) China Organic Agriculture, Inc. (OTCBB: CNOA), a growth-driven agriculture products company leading China's organic food revolution, has announced the incorporation of the Far East Wine Holding Group Limited, effective June 10, 2008. The formation of this subsidiary represents a major component of the Company's recently launched strategic plan to capitalize on the fast-growing demand for premium California wines in China.

The formation of the Far East Wine Holding Group follows China Organic Agriculture's acquisition on February 29 of the Bellisimo Vineyard property, which provides Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon wine grapes, located in Sonoma County, California. China Organic intends to market wines in China under its own label, and to distribute other successful California-based wine brands."

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Australia Says No to Nano

"The Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) has proposed organic certification only be applied to nano free products as the technology remains untested.
Under the new proposals, which await comments from industry members and stakeholders, the addition of nanoparticle additives and ingredients will be prohibited in organic certified cosmetics, clothing and foods.

Not yet proven safe

Dr Andrew Monk, BFA standards chair, said that the decision is a result of a growing body of evidence that human made nanoparticles introduce novel toxicity risks and the fact that the technology has yet to be proven safe."

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YoNaturals Confident Customers Will Keep Buying Despite Rising Food Costs

"SAN DIEGO - (Business Wire) The organic and natural food industry seems as if it would be hit the hardest, given that customers already pay a premium for taking care of their health. Many people are wondering whether customers of the organic industry will stay loyal. But YoNaturals is confident that health-minded consumers will continue to value their health amidst rising food prices, a belief which is strongly supported by recent data.

The organic food sector has shown remarkable growth over the past decade, and continues to do so despite a weakened economy. Smart consumers seem to know that if they skimp on proper nutrition, they will pay an even larger price later when their health falters. YoNaturals and other companies have wagered their continued success on the resiliency of those people who will sacrifice in other areas of their life before they give up on their healthy lifestyle."

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Story Behind Organicures Nail Spa

"Stepping into a traditional nail salon many are overcome by the strong smell of perfumes, acrylics, formaldehyde and other strong chemicals.

Research as shown prolonged exposure to such harsh chemicals isn't the healthiest for the customer or stylist.

Because of that, Scottsdale-based spa Organicures Nail Spa is heading the opposite direction.

"Many (workers) end up with all kinds of allergies from all the chemicals they use throughout their career," said Denise Sheldon, Organicures chief executive officer. "We started to get concerned about the salons we were going to."

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Organic Market Should Stay Strong Despite Food Costs

"The growing success of the organic market will be only slightly marred by soaring food prices, which are tightening consumers' purse strings across Europe, say industry experts.
Many analysts and media reports have suggested spiralling costs could spell trouble for niche markets, as demand is expected to waver for goods such as premium product, greener options and organic food and beverages."

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Friday, June 13, 2008

More on Aveda's Organic Cosmetic Line

"Most people could say Horst Rechelbacher doesn't count modesty as one of his prevailing traits. The founder of Aveda, the hair care company that introduced the U.S. to aromatherapy and ayurvedic philosophies through a line of shampoos and conditioners in the Seventies, often and openly talks about the "perils" beauty companies present their customers through "harmful" formulas. Now it seems the former hairstylist-turned-product formulator-turned-organic farmer has another reason not to mince words when needling so-called beauty industry do-gooders: Rechelbacher is launching the first hair care line to bear the USDA Organic seal."

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Rising Costs to Help Organic Bakers?

"The rising costs of fertilisers and other agricultural inputs could boost the output of organic foods and provide more locally sourced grain for organic bakers.
The UK's self sufficiency in organic cereals fell by 20 per cent over the past two years with more than 60 per cent of demand being met by foreign imports, according to the UK-based Soil Association.

Over the same period, demand for organic breads and cereals showed a 19.1 per cent rise taking sales from £68m to £81m, reported Mintel. Two months ago, the organisation forecast that organic products are likely to become even more popular."

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

USDA Will Not Admit Organic is Healthier

"Mum's the word among federal officials about the health benefits of eating organic foods.

The Department of Health and Human Services defers questions about organic foods to the Food and Drug Administration. But the FDA has no policy on organics because it says they're the domain of the Department of Agriculture, which will admit to using the "o-word," but says its mandate is simply to regulate use of the certified organic label, not to judge the relative benefits of organic versus conventional foods.

While the agencies entrusted with safeguarding our food and health pass the potato, a fast-growing body of scientific literature suggests that the connection between farm practices and the healthfulness of our foods merits attention. Organic foods don't come out ahead of conventionally grown foods in 100 percent of comparative tests, but they rise to the top often enough to suggest that organic farming can increase, sometimes dramatically, the nutrient density of what we put in our mouths."

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Moms Want Organic and Fresh Foods for Baby

"Moms are seeking fresh alternatives to conventional organic jarred baby foods as concern about over-processed foods mounts. Retailers nationwide are responding as "fresh offerings" becomes one of the top 3 reasons for shoppers choice of store, and emphasis on fresh has become the number one retailer marketing strategy, according to a recent survey by Progressive Grocer.

In the push towards fresh, moms increasingly are cooking from scratch, or seeking fresh alternatives, like HOMEMADE BABY, a recently launched fresh all-organic baby food."

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Eco-Friendly Carts Pop Up in D.C.

"June 11 (Bloomberg) -- The bright green ``On the Fly'' food cart with a large decorative wing parked in Washington's Chinatown seems to be in the wrong city.

Offering hummus, vegetarian tacos and organic teas, the cart and its menu are in stark contrast to the aging metal-box stands nearby that sell bags of cheese popcorn, candy bars and hot dogs. A street-food revolution is under way in Washington, which has long trailed cities like Philadelphia, famous for its street-cart cheese steaks, and New York, where vendors offer everything from kebabs to crepes."

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Organic Racing Team Proves Racecar Driving Can Be Eco-Friendly

"Douglasville, GA (PRWEB) June 11, 2008 -- Kevin Boulton and Doc Harmony, co-drivers for Organic Racing Team (, delivered a stellar performance without sacrificing principles at Tire Rack’s One Lap of America. Organic Racing’s third-place finish proves that a race team can leave a zero carbon footprint and still be fast.

Believing in its organic message, Organic Racing set out to prove that its eco-friendly racecar ( is one of the fastest street-legal cars in the nation. Organic Racing competed against an array of fast cars, ranging from BMWs, Corvettes and Mongooses to highly modified Cadillacs and Porsches. The team traveled seven days, participating in all 18 track events and in a variety of courses, from drag racing to road racing to auto crossing. Only DaVia’s race-prepped Porsche 996 and Smith’s ARC Hennessy Viper collected more points than the open cockpit eco-racer.

“Organic Racing is thrilled with the competitive rivalry of teams such as the Corcorans, DaVia/Wikstrom, Blaha, Babcock, Swan and many others, making racing and spreading the organic message a joy,” Boulton says. “The 25th Anniversary of One Lap of America left many surprises, but the biggest one of all was seeing our team move through the ranks with our little green giant slayer.”

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General Mills Acquires Humm Foods

"NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Food maker General Mills Inc. said Tuesday it plans to buy privately held Humm Foods and fold the Denver-based company's brands into its natural and organic products group.

Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close June 11, were not disclosed.

Founded in 2002, Humm Foods is the maker of single-serve natural health bars sold under the Larabar and Larabar Jocalat brands."

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Paul Newman Donates $120 Million During 2005 - 2006

"More reasons to simply love Paul Newman. The Connecticut-based actor has privately turned over the entire value of his ownership in Newman’s Own — the charity donating food company that turns out delicious organic foods — to his charitable Newman’s Own Foundation.

Fox news reports that during a two-year period between 2005-2006, "the amount of the donation is said to be somewhere around $120 million."

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

California Suing Whole Foods, Avalon and Other Faux Organic Companies Over Carcinogens

"For immediate release: Interviews with David Steinman or Ronnie Cummins can be arranged by contacting Adam Eidinger at 202-744-2671.

OAKLAND, CA - Reacting in part to a study released by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in March of this year, but also based on their own testing, the Attorney General of California has filed a major lawsuit against body care household-cleaning product companies whose products recently tested highest for the carcinogenic contaminant 1,4-Dioxane.

Under California's "Proposition 65" consumer products that contain toxic levels of 1,4 Dioxane must have warning labels stating they may cause cancer. 1,4-Dioxane is typically produced as a byproduct when ingredients are ethoxylated with the petrochemical ethylene oxide, a process which has become standard practice for many cleansing and moisturizing products."

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The Fine Food Store Adds Children's Meals

"OPENPRESS) June 10, 2008 -- One of the UK’s leading online suppliers of gourmet organic food The Fine Food Store is actively expanding its product range with children's meals and foods.

David Porter Managing Director explains, "Children’s food is a growth area in the food sector, parents are becoming more concerned about the quality of foods their children are eating and are looking for quality alternatives to the ready meals from supermarkets. Over the coming months we are adding a superb variety of foods available for children at

The foods in question will be foods that are not readily available in supermarkets. There will be a selection of organically produced foods that have no artificial additives and have been produced to classic recipes."

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Giant Eagle Removes Tomatoes Over Salmonella Fears

"As a precaution, Giant Eagle has removed green, yellow, Roma and organic tomatoes from shelves of its grocery stores throughout the Tri-State Area in the wake of a national salmonella scare.

Victor Kimmel, spokesman for Giant Eagle, said the grocery store chain's decision to remove the tomatoes was voluntary. He said he doesn't know how long the tomatoes will remain off the shelves.

"There is no reason to believe any tomatoes from Giant Eagle are involved" in the outbreak, he said.

On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted customers nationwide that a salmonellosis outbreak appears to be linked to consumption of certain types of raw red tomatoes and products containing raw red tomatoes. The FDA and other agencies were working to pinpoint the source of contaiminated tomatoes."

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Green Products to Hit $400 Billion in 2010

"Green and healthy products account for $209 billion in sales, but that figures may reach more than $400 billion by 2010.

That is the word from the Natural Marketing Institute, which plans to discuss results from an analysis of green consumers and their shopping habits at The Nielsen Co.'s Consumer 360 Conference June 12 in Phoenix.

Nielsen and NMI describe the growing group of consumers as "lifestyles of health and sustainability" and say one in five consumers fit into that group. They are top spenders in categories focusing on organic, natural and environmentally friendly options, such as produce, cereal, soup, eggs, pasta, nuts and noncarbonated drinks, the groups said.

The research also showed green consumers spend more in warehouse clubs than other channels, such as grocery stores, drug stores or supercenters."

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Local and Organic Foods for Olympic Trials in Oregon

"EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Thousands of visitors will come to Eugene this month to feast their eyes on the elite athletes competing at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.

Local growers and chefs say they want to make sure that those visitors feast on fresh food from the Willamette Valley.

The Trials at Hayward Field from June 27 to July 6 will come too early for Lane County growers to truly show off their gardens.

"June is a great time for berries and for greens, but it's a little bit early for a lot of our stuff in the Northwest," such as peaches, nectarines, melons and corn, said Tom Lively, senior sales representative at Organically Grown Co.

Even so, the Eugene-based produce distributor will try to procure as much local produce as it can for Michael's Catering, the main caterer at the Trials."

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Michael Pollan Discusses How the Farm Bill Can Be Improved

"This is a guest post by Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma.

After many, many months of wrangling, Congress recently passed a farm bill, overriding a veto by the president. In my view, it is not a very good bill -- it preserves more or less intact the whole structure of subsidies responsible for so much that is wrong in the American food system.

On the other hand, it does contain some significant new provisions that, with luck, will advance the growing movement toward a more just, sustainable, and healthy food system."

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Price Over Health?

"Sometimes shoppers are confused by the differences in price between food grown organically and food grown conventionally. Usually organic loses the price war argument in comparison to what is called "conventional" food. Of course, we are all mostly aware that organic means grown and processed without chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, toxic pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic manipulation.

But, what does "conventional" mean? Is food called "conventional" grown and processed with chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones, toxic pesticides, sewage sludge, irradiation and genetic manipulation? Yes it is. And, this is one reason why the price war argument should be reframed. Instead of comparing the price of organic food with "conventional" foods (which sounds so normal and safe), let's compare organic food prices to the food price of toxic or poisonous food, which is what "conventional" food is.

The vegetables, fruits and grains that grocers and agribusiness giants label "conventional" are actually loaded with systemic chemicals, which you cannot wash off. The meat is laced with hormones, antibiotics, prions and multiple resistant bacteria that are difficult or impossible to cook out of beef, lamb, chicken or pork.

Clearly, something in our food system has gone terribly amiss since a majority of the food is loaded with poisonous pesticides, laced with antibiotics and hormones and infused with genetically modified growth hormones or genes from rats, bacteria, viruses and antibiotics and then -- through some bizarre logic -- labeled "conventional." Once one realizes how toxic "conventional" food is, it doesn't look that cheap.

Once one realizes how toxic "conventional" food is, it doesn't look that inexpensive."

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The Food Allergy Business

"Kari Keaton is the sort of customer most businesses used to hate. The Rockville mother lingers at the grocery store, poring over ingredient labels. She calls food manufacturers and interrogates their customer service representatives about what sorts of foods get processed in the same facility and probes them on the meaning of "natural flavoring." And after all that effort, she still may not buy their product.

The way Keaton sees it, she has little choice. Her two sons, 10 and 15, suffer from severe food allergies. Keeping them from accidentally eating something that could trigger a fatal reaction has become the former IBM field manager's full-time job."

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Natural Beauty Store Launches to Assist Customers in Green Awareness

"With the increasing awareness of the harmful effects of toxic cosmetic chemicals and the benefits of natural ingredients in skin care, The Natural Beauty Store is being launched as a combined store and website to serve this growing consumer base. The vision for the site has been to gather the best that can be found in the modern natural beauty industry and offer a more centralised resource for natural beauty on the web. It's opening with a selection of over 800 products from 35 natural and organic brands including Weleda, Green People, Trilogy, Living Nature, and Primavera, and will be open for international sales.

The store offers a variation of brands in all styles and price ranges, including certified organic brands and other high quality natural brands. In addition it stocks a selection of organic raw materials like essential and vegetable oils, floral waters, dried herbs, herbal extracts, and natural cosmetic ingredients. The site takes a holistic approach to beauty care, and wishes to explore the link between health and beauty and support natural alternatives to health care. To this end, it also stocks a range of natural health and wellness products, and all herbal and aromatherapy products can be used for health as well as beauty care."

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U.K. Whole Foods Coming Up Short One Year After Opening

It was the most eagerly awaited shop opening in London since Apple came to Regent Street in 2004.

Hundreds of people queued at the tills of Whole Foods Market and pundits predicted the three-storey Kensington store would trigger seismic changes to retailing in Britain.

But now, a year later, analysts say Europe's first organic superstore has failed to live up to the hype and has underestimated Britain's ferociously competitive grocery market, dominated by supermarket chains.

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Vitiva Introduces Organic Rosemary Extracts

"Vitiva has launched Ecocert-certified organic versions of two of its rosemary extracts that show natural preservation properties.
The Slovenia-based company specialises in antioxidant rich rosemary extracts for use in cosmetics, nutraceuticals and food products.

In addition to the antioxidant and anti-ageing properties, the extracts can be used as preserving compounds to protect products and extend their shelf-life, according to the company.

Two of Vitiva's extracts, Inolens and Aquarox, have now been certified organic by French organisation Ecocert, allowing it to capitalise on the growing demand for organic products."

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Stir the Soul Organic Dairy-Free Chocolate

"As was demonstrated at a recent local vegan trade show, “Vegfest 2008”, there’s a market niche for vegan dairy-free chocolates, which are being produced in some specialty kitchens around Portland. One of those kitchens is located in Woodstock.

“Portland is a very good area for our products,” remarks Daren Hayes about the raw, organic, dairy-free chocolates he sells under the name “Stir the Soul”.

Out of a small industrial kitchen next to his house in Woodstock, tucked away off one of Inner Southeast’s many unimproved streets, Hayes runs his own chocolate factory, where he produces chocolate bars, custom-made chocolate candies, and chocolate for drinks.

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Whole Foods Launches Yerba Mate Hair and Skin Care Line

"US Organic consumer goods player Whole Foods Market has launched a new hair and skin care line containing an extract from the South American plant Yerba Maté.
The plant is very popular throughout Latin America, particularly Uruguay, Argentina and Paruguay, where it is drunk as a tea because of its caffeine-like qualities.

However, its anti-oxidant rich qualities mean it is also an ideal ingredient for skin care and hair care products, underlined by research carried out at the University of Illinois that found the plant to be rich in phenolic constituents, which can fight cancers."

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Is Elizabeth Hurley Getting Into the Organic Frozen Food Business?

"The farm life appears to be suiting Elizabeth Hurley well. So well, that she’s now ready to start commercializing the venture.

According to a new interview with Red Magazine, Hurley is hooking up with an organic food producer and is interested in making some low-fat, organic pre-packaged meals. “Fabulous versions that are delicious, healthy, not too expensive and very low in fat,” she said. “So, that’s my big dream, because there’s a massive hole in the market for that.”

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Organic Fertilizer Becoming More Popular

"Tagum City (4 June) -- Farmers and household cooperators of Davao Provinces Rural Development Institute (DPRDI) will be doubling its production of compost fertilizer to supply a growing demand for organic soil enhancer.

In the recent Healthy Grains Organic Shop, DPRDI Executive Director Tomas Mirafuentes said some farmers are now seeking for a supply of organic fertilizers now that Urea has soared its price to P1,800 per sack.

"With organic fertilizer, farmers can save as much as 30 percent to 40 percent in terms of reduction of expenses for farm inputs," he said.

Organic fertilizer is being sold at about P400 per sack.

DPRDI has been receiving orders from farmers from as far as Cotabato and Agusan provinces but Mirafuentes said DPRDI will be prioritizing its 150 farmer-cooperators who mostly are in Davao del Norte."

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Obama Huge Fan of Honest Tea

"Obama's passion for honesty seems parallelled by his passion for Honest Tea, a 50ish person strong certified organic beverage company out of Bethesda, MD. Even with this tea being a tasty refined drink, I would hardly put it in the same category as, say, arugula. Moreover,with Obama making healthy choices to keep his energy up, we can at least not have to worry about having a caffeine addict in the white house.

According to a new article in the Washington Post, Obama's Ready-to-Drink beverage of choice used to be the Community Green Tea (70mg caffeine per bottle) and then moved onto Green Dragon Tea ( also 70mg) before steering himself away from the caffeine in green tea in favor of their Decaf herbal Black Forest Berry Flavor."

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Earthpure Organics Introduces First EnergyStar Vending Machine

"Boise, ID (PRWEB) June 2, 2008 -- Earthpure Organics™ presents the first ever 100% organic, EnergyStar™ compliant vending kiosk at the Idaho Green Expo in Boise Idaho. Earthpure Organics™ is the only vending company in the United States to offer a full line of organic snacks and beverages that are carbon offset with EPA/ BEF wind power green tags. Earthpure Organics™ partnered with Mountain Coin Machine Distributers of Salt Lake City, using a Crane™ UltraFlex™ machine, to produce a custom skinned, eco-friendly vending kiosk targeted toward their strongest market segments: schools and hospitals. The kiosks provide a healthy and fully organic alternative to the conventional products currently being sold in traditional vending machines, while utilizing USA Technologies Vendmiser™ energy controllers to effectively save an average of 35% energy consumption.

Joining Earthpure™ in their 2008 Green Expo booth was Organic Valley Family of Farms, showcasing their full line of milks, creams, cheeses and soy. "We witnessed a wide demographic range of interest, from students to local businesses, to government officials, all eager to see a positive change in their everyday environment. The Earthpure™ team had a goal to impact their community by bringing the public and private sectors together to discuss the importance of eco-friendly, organic foods in everyday life - I think the Green Expo was a great catalyst for doing just that." Stated Jack Lee, Northwest Sales Manager for Organic Valley."

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Zola Açaí Introduces New Eco-Friendly Packaging

"SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 06/02/08 -- Zola Açaí, the world's first Açaí Superfruit Juice, is introducing its line of Açaí Superfruit Juices in new re-sealable and recyclable bottles.

"We are extremely excited about the new bottles," said Chris Cuvelier, Zola's President and Founder. Zola CEO Felix Maez adds, "The bottles are totally recyclable, easy to open and are re-sealable. The response from both consumers and grocery store buyers has been very positive."

Açaí Juice leads the fast growing Superfruit Juice category as consumers learn of the abundance of nutrients contained in Açaí and experience the delicious taste of the juice. With 500% more antioxidants than blueberries and 60% more than pomegranates, healthy omega fats, amino acids, calcium, iron, and replenishing electrolytes, Açaí is the true superfruit."

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Organic Gardening Magazine and AVEENO to Hold Second Annual WaterWorks Project

"NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For a second consecutive year, Organic Gardening Magazine, published by Rodale, presenting sponsor AVEENO®, and supporting sponsor Nature’s Path, will kick off the 2008 WaterWorks Project in cooperation with American Community Gardening Association. The nationwide initiative will award 15 communities across the country with a water conservation system and garden beautification day to help improve the vitality and appearance of their community gardens. The 15-city tour will aim to raise awareness about water conservation and provide vital resources and education to community gardens in the following cities across the country: San Francisco, CA; Portland, ME; Portland, OR; Columbus, OH; New York, NY; Tulsa, OK; Detroit, MI; Buffalo, NY; Silver City, NM; Toronto, ON; Phoenix, AZ; Riverdale, MA; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Charlotte, NC; and New Orleans, LA.

Organic Gardening Magazine will work closely with AVEENO® to provide beautification grants to participating gardens to be used for garden revitalization and enhancement. Gardens will qualify for grants up to $7500 each to be used for improvements such as construction of walkways and garden structures, installation of raised beds, plants, tools and garden equipment. Each community garden will be covered on and"

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Avesthagen Introduces U.S. to Indian Superfruit

"Avesthagen is hoping to step up its superfruit offerings with the launch of a new powdered extract derived from an India, which it claims offers an antioxidant-rich food and cosmetics ingredient for US manufacturers.
The company says that its organically certified AmlaPure extract, sourced from the namesake Amla fruit, can offer supplement, functional food & beverage and nutria-cosmetics makers an ingredient with a high Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) value.

Unlike other ingredients made from Amla, which are often sourced from dried fruit, the fresh organically grown supply used for the extract is also naturally rich in antioxidants like tannins, gallotannins and polyphenols, claims Avesthagen."

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Organic To Go Spreads to D.C.

"The Organic to Go Food Corp. restaurant chain said it's bought four small cafes and a catering company in the Washington, D.C., area for an undisclosed amount.

The Seattle-based chain (OTC bulletin board: OTGO) said it bought three cafes in the District of Columbia and one in Arlington, Va. that operate under the High Noon name from Balducci's Food Lover's Market. The operations generate about $6 million in annual combined revenues, Organic to Go said."

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Eden Foods Has Been Using BPA-Free Cans For A Decade

"Bisphenol A is found in cans that contain many popular foods, including tomato paste and soup, but one company has been using BPA-free cans for almost a decade.

Eden Foods, a natural and organic food company based in Michigan, sells most of its canned food, except the highly acidic tomato products, in BPA-free cans.

For now, the company is keeping its tomato products in cans with BPA because their shelf life would be drastically reduced without the chemical. The company's juices are sold in glass bottles.

"We badgered our canned suppliers to come up with an alternative and one of them said they would accommodate us with a bisphenol A-free lining," said Eden Foods President Michael Potter."

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